Tommy DeeAs adjustments go, in my mind there’s no reason to change what worked in Game 2. If the Pacers are going to plant Roy Hibbert in the lane then Carmelo Anthony has to keep attacking his trunk. Yes, it’s a weird thing to say but I think Hibbert’s feet and legs can be compromised. He’s not your classic space eater. He’s big with long arms, but all things being equal his feet and legs, while improved since coming into the NBA, aren’t stable. If the Knicks, particularly Anthony, can keep making him work and thereby challenging the strength of his feet and legs (or trunk) I think they can chop down the tree. If they do that, they will win the series.
It sounds far too simple and there are a ton of factors including how the game is called and if the Knicks can also keep possessions alive for second opportunities and capitalize in mid-range, but attacking Hibbert with their bigs is THE biggest element of this series.
As the old saying goes “the bigger they are the harder they fall” and the key to the beating the Pacers is getting them out of what they want to do -clogging the paint and thus having you try and make contested jumpers.